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  1. #1
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    What about Alex Smith?

    So, what do the Redskins do with Alex Smith now? It seems we did a good job winning the off season and have a QB we can work with, so, do we cut him and take the cap hit, or do we keep him on and take the cap hit?

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    we cant cut him now, we don't have the cap space to absorb all the dead money his contract would leave us with. We might be able to do it next year if we cut Norman, but it would also mean the only way to improve the team next offseason would be with draft picks.

    Another option would be to trade Smith to another team with cap space similar to what Houston did with Osweiler but I'm not exactly sure how the numbers and money would work. Obviously if we do trade him, we would have to include some type of draft pick (Houston gave the Browns a 2nd to basically take his contract)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkieMark48 View Post
    we cant cut him now, we don't have the cap space to absorb all the dead money his contract would leave us with. We might be able to do it next year if we cut Norman, but it would also mean the only way to improve the team next offseason would be with draft picks.

    Another option would be to trade Smith to another team with cap space similar to what Houston did with Osweiler but I'm not exactly sure how the numbers and money would work. Obviously if we do trade him, we would have to include some type of draft pick (Houston gave the Browns a 2nd to basically take his contract)
    If they traded him, it would accelerate similar to how we would cut him. Not exactly, but it's the "poison pill" option instead of the "slow burn" option that it appears the team is sticking with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasTomasz View Post
    If they traded him, it would accelerate similar to how we would cut him. Not exactly, but it's the "poison pill" option instead of the "slow burn" option that it appears the team is sticking with.
    So trading him would be no different than cutting him? If so, why did the Texans give the browns a 2nd round pick to take osweiler a few years back rather than just cutting him?
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    Do you think we could trade Colt for anything? He's the odd man out until Haskins or Alex Smith are ready to take the reins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkieMark48 View Post
    So trading him would be no different than cutting him? If so, why did the Texans give the browns a 2nd round pick to take osweiler a few years back rather than just cutting him?
    Because the second year of Osweiler's deal was guaranteed, they could push that onto the next team provided they were willing to take on that entire amount, which is where some renegotiating happens.

    Normally, the signing bonus and any other guaranteed money comes due when a player is traded or released, which is a big reason why Josh Rosen was rumored as a Redskins target- with the Cardinals eating the guaranteed money, the Redskins would save quite a bit on the cap space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasTomasz View Post
    Because the second year of Osweiler's deal was guaranteed, they could push that onto the next team provided they were willing to take on that entire amount, which is where some renegotiating happens.
    Normally, the signing bonus and any other guaranteed money comes due when a player is traded or released, which is a big reason why Josh Rosen was rumored as a Redskins target- with the Cardinals eating the guaranteed money, the Redskins would save quite a bit on the cap space.
    So basically it could be the same situation for us if we could find a partner... we could trade Alex Smith, he would renegotiate his deal where the new team would pay him (all or some of) the guaranteed money which would give us the cap relief and we would give the new team compensation in the form of draft pick(s)... of course with the remaining amount that Smith is guaranteed, we would have to give up a pretty penny of draft stock.

    All of this being hypothetical of course
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    or, he could be a solid backup to Haskins until his contract expires.....with Colt & Case gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by coconut View Post
    or, he could be a solid backup to Haskins until his contract expires.....with Colt & Case gone...
    He's done... its been like 7 months and he still has a bird cage around his leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkieMark48 View Post
    So basically it could be the same situation for us if we could find a partner... we could trade Alex Smith, he would renegotiate his deal where the new team would pay him (all or some of) the guaranteed money which would give us the cap relief and we would give the new team compensation in the form of draft pick(s)... of course with the remaining amount that Smith is guaranteed, we would have to give up a pretty penny of draft stock.

    All of this being hypothetical of course
    I think so, but the cost would be extremely high given the Osweiler number.

    I still think they should've taken the poison pill, but we shall see. At the very least, keeping him on a contract affords Smith with NFL quality health insurance and access to team facilities and doctors, which is a huge plus for him. The Steelers still have Shazier under contract for the same reason, but obviously that cost is much lower for them.

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